Motherhood by Julie Montagu

We are delighted to interview Julie Montagu one of London’s top yoga and nutrition teachers. As Cosmopolitan said: ‘Among London’s taut-buttocked set, the name Julie Montagu is talked about with the sort of reverence reserved for the Dalai Lama. (Her Sunday class in SW3 gets so packed that she often teaches standing on a radiator. True Story.)’

Julie is the star of recent US Bravo TV and UK ItvBe ‘Ladies of London’, brains behind her new online nutrition and yoga courses The Flexi Foodie Academy, author of 3 books: Superfoods, Eat Real Food and Superfoods, Superfast.

Married with four children, we caught up with her to see how she juggles it all.

How do you manage to juggle work and life balance as a mother of 4?
Honestly, I just really get on with it, I’ve never read a book about parenting…. ever- not a single one. I ALWAYS listen to my gut whether it be parenting or work. So, I know if my life is out of balance because my gut tells me. Whether I need to spend more time with my kids or catch up on work. I completely believe we should listen to our initial gut instinct- its always right. And you just kinda do it because you have no choice. I’m not sure I have a method of any sort…. I don’t have any help at all and maybe that’s a good thing because I’ve had to figure it all out on my own – and somehow it works!  Phew!

What do you feel are your biggest achievements?
Well, of course, first and foremost my 4 kids.  And then of course,
getting published.  My first book, Superfoods, hit book shelves March 2015 and that was like a dream come true.  And now with 2 more books coming out 2016, Eat Real Food and Superfoods Superfast, I’m very very excited and grateful too.

Julie Montagu photographed by Karen Yeomans, specialist in Sports, Fitness, Health, Well-being and Yoga Photography. Based in London.
Julie Montagu photographed by Karen Yeomans, specialist in Sports, Fitness, Health, Well-being and Yoga Photography. Based in London.

What was your inspiration behind your brand: The Flexi Foodie?
I wanted to combine my 2 passions, yoga and food and that’s not only where the name, The Flexi Foodie, came from but that’s really how I started to build a business by combining the 2 things I love.

What is your top family recipe that everyone loves to eat?
That’s a hard one because I have 4 children and to be honest, they all like different things but the ONE dish that they all love is from my first book, Superfoods, and it’s my Red Velvet Lentils on Brown Rice.  It’s got the right amount of spice (don’t worry, not TOO spicy!) and it’s creamy and just so so good! My 11 year old literally has thirds if there’s any left!

What is your favourite hang out in London with your children?
For sure, Mildred’s.  Love it and I’m very lucky because I teach yoga twice a week at triyoga Soho so Mildred’s is literally around the corner from Carnaby Street which is nice and my kids are older now and can come and meet me on the tube and have lunch with me there as well during school holidays.
How do you define quality ‘me-time’?
I always make sure I to go to a yoga class every day – whether that’s a vinyasa class, restorative, kundalini or dharma, I make sure to get a yoga class in every single day.  I also take an Epsom Salt bath literally every single night after the kids are in bed.  But it’s my yoga that really does give me my me-time every single day.
 
I am a Mum and…?
it’s made me AUTHENTIC!
What do you love most about London?
I love the culture, I love being able to cycle everywhere on my bike and yes I love it that all my kids have pure English accents from living in London!
What will we always find on your kitchen table?
TONS and TONS of fruit – all types.  3 out of my 4 kids are boys and they eat and eat and eat!!!  So, our VERY large fruit bowl is always full of whatever is in season.
Given we are all about embracing Motherhood, what advice would you give a first time Mum?
Listen to your gut,  Other moms, friends, relatives, will give you so much advice on what you should and shouldn’t do, but my advice is to listen to your gut.  It’s your baby and all babies are different and we have that mother instinct in us so for me, it’s all about tapping into that rather than any books or advice from others.
Head to www.juliemontagu.com to find out more and follow her on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter at @juliemontagu